Ahnentafel "Ancestor Table" of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York

Ancestry of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York


Ahnentafel "Ancestor Table" of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
This article is written and copyright 2008 by Will Johnson, wjhonson@aol.com.  All rights reserved.  If you see any errors, please email me!  This Knol is part of my series "Celebrity Family Trees"

Sarah Margaret Ferguson was born 15 Oct 1959 in London, the second daughter of Major Ronald Ivor Ferguson and his first wife Susan Mary Wright.  Her shortest path to a royal ancestor is that she is an 11th-generation descendant of Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Eleven of her sixteen great-great-grandparents have royal blood, and seven of them descend from Richard Cecil.
Sarah states that her first home was Lowood in Berkshire, "a forty minute drive from London" with fourteen acres and two stables for horses.  She states that growing up, her sister Jane, her elder by two years, was her best friend.  Her grandfather Andrew Ferguson died of leukemia, because of this, a few years afterward, the family moved to the dairy farm Drummer Down, which Ronald had inherited.  There they had cows and horses, and several fields of crops.

"After Sarah's parents divorced in 1972, her mother remarried polo player Hector Barrantes and moved to Trenque Lauquen in the Argentine pampas. Sarah stayed at the 480-acre Dummer Down Farm at Dummer in Hampshire, her father's home since age 8. Major Ferguson remarried and had three more children." (Wikipedia)
On 23 Jul 1986 at Westminster Abbey, Sarah married Andrew Albert Christian Windsor, Duke of York, the second son of Queen Elizabeth. They had two children Beatrice Elizabeth Mary Windsor born in 1988 and Eugenie Victoria Helena Windsor born in 1990. Sarah and Andrew seperated in 1992 and divorced in 1996.  Sarah was thus, for a time, the sister-in-law of Diana, Princess of Wales.  Sarah subsequently authored several children's books, most notably about the character she created: "Budgie, the little helicopter".  She also wrote dieting books and an auto-biography, was a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, and owned a public relations company.  Her autobiography, authored with Jeff Coplon is called "Sarah the Duchess of York : My Story", Simon and Schuster 1996 with a dedication "For Andrew".

Sarah leads off her autobiography with a chapter on the incident where her partly-nude photos, taken by a spying photographer, of her and John Bryan's vacation together to St Tropez, had been spread across British tabloids.

  1. Sarah Margaret Ferguson born 15 Oct 1959 in London "Sarah Duchess of York", Wikipedia"Sarah Ferguson", Genealogics; "Sarah Margaret Ferguson", thePeerage
  2. Brigadier Ronald Ivor Ferguson (1931-2003). Born in London, died in Basingstoke, Hampshire.  "Ronald Ferguson", Wikipedia; "Major Ronald Ivor Ferguson", Genealogics; "Ronald Ferguson", thePeerage
  3. Susan Mary Wright (1937-1998).  Born at Bramcote Hills, Nottingham, England. Died in Buenos Aires, Argentina. First husband, first wife.  "Susan Barrantes", Wikipedia; "Susan Mary Wright", Genealogics; "Susan Mary Wright", thePeerage
  4. Col Andrew Henry Ferguson (1899-1966) He had been commanding officer of the Life Guards, the Queen's household Cavalry.
  5. Marian Louisa Montagu-Douglas-Scott (1908-1996)
  6. FitzHerbert Wright (1905-1975)
  7. Doreen Julia Wingfield (1904-1991)
  8. Algernon Francis Holford Ferguson (1867-1943)
  9. Margaret Brand (1873-1948)
  10. Col Herbert Andrew Montagu-Douglas-Scott (1872-1944)
  11. Marie Josephine Agnes Edwards (1882-1965)
  12. Henry FitzHerbert Wright (1870-1947)
  13. Muriel Harriet Fletcher (1873-1953)
  14. Mervyn Richard Wingfield (1880-1947), 8th Viscount Powerscourt
  15. Sybil Pleydell-Bouverie (1878-1946)
  16. Col John Stephenson Ferguson (1834-1885).  At their Jul 1863 marriage at St Paul's, Knightsbridge, he is called "esq., Capt. 2nd Life Guards" and Sophy is referred to as the "youngest daughter of the late John Holford, esq."
  17. Sophia Jane Holford (1842-1928).  After her husband John's death, Sophia married in 1890 to Astley Paston Cooper, Knt and 3rd Bnt.
  18. Henry Robert Brand (1841-1906), 24th Lord Dacre, 2nd Viscount Hampden
  19. Susan Henrietta Cavendish (1846-1909)
  20. William Henry Walter Montagu-Douglas-Scott (1831-1914), 6th Duke of Buccleuch, 8th Duke of Queensberry
  21. Louisa Jane Hamilton (1836-1912)
  22. James Andrew Edwards (1841-1884)
  23. Kate Marion Agnes MacNamara (1849-1910)
  24. FitzHerbert Wright (1841-1911)
  25. Louisa Charlotte Rudolphine von Beckmann (~1847-1932)
  26. Col Henry Charles Fletcher (d. 1879)
  27. Harriet Marsham (1838-1886)
  28. Mervyn Wingfield (b. 1836), 7th Viscount Powerscourt
  29. Julia Coke (1844-1931)
  30. Major Walter Pleydell-Bouverie
  31. Mary Bridgeman-Bridgeman-Simpson (1851-1880)
  32. Thomas Ferguson (1795-1859)
  33. Emma Benyon (d. 1860)
  34. John Holford (1789-1850) of Rusholme Hall
  35. Anne Shaw (d. 1852)
  36. Henry Bouverie William Brand (1814-1892), 1st Viscount Hampden, 23rd Lord Dacre
  37. Eliza Ellice (1818-1899)
  38. George Henry Cavendish (1810-1880)
  39. Louisa Lascelles (~1813-1886)
  40. Walter Francis Montagu-Douglas-Scott (1806-1884), 5th Duke of Buccleuch, 7th Duke of Queensberry
  41. Charlotte Anne Thynne (1811-1895)
  42. James Hamilton (1811-1885), 1st Duke of Abercorn
  43. Louisa Jane Russell (1812-1905), James Hamilton and Louisa Russell are also ancestors of Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales
  44. James Edwards (d. 1880)
  45. Ellen Augusta Widdup (d. 1881)
  46. John MacNamara
  47. Unknown
  48. Francis Wright (1806-1873) of Osmaston Manor, Derbyshire
  49. Selina FitzHerbert (b. 1806)
  50. Ernst Christopher Frederich von Beckman (d. before 1865)
  51. Unknown
  52. Edward Charles Fletcher (b. 1799)
  53. Ellen Mary Shore (d. 1835), married in 1830 (Burke's Peerage)
  54. Charles Marsham (1808-1874), 3rd Earl of Romney
  55. Margaret Harriet Montagu-Douglas-Scott (1811-1846)
  56. Richard Wingfield (b. 1815), 6th Viscount Powerscourt
  57. Elizabeth Frances Charlotte Jocelyn
  58. Thomas William Coke (b. 1822), 2nd Earl of Leicester
  59. Juliana Whitbread
  60. Edward Pleydell-Bouverie
  61. Elizabeth Anne Balfour
  62. William Bridgeman-Simpson (b. 1813)
  63. Frances Laura Wentworth-FitzWilliam (b. 1813)

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